Sunday, February 15, 2009

BROOKLYN RULES - piss-poor coming-of-age mafiosi flick

A movie so risible it went straight to video everywhere but the US, BROOKLYN RULES is a derivative, poorly-written, poorly-acted coming-of-age mafiosi flick that presumably puts the final nail in the feature film careers of Mena Suvari and Freddie Prinze Junior. It's a tale of childhood friends who grow up in Brooklyn (no!). One studies hard and gets a shot at college. Another gets caught up in organised crime (as embodied by Alex Baldwin in a phoned-in performance). Dramatic clashes ensue. Except they're not very dramatic. Michael Corrente's direction is ham-fisted, but the real problem is with Terrence Winter's piss-poor script. What did we expect from the man who penned the offensively poor Fiddy vehicle, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN?

BROOKLYN RULES was released in 2007 and is available on DVD.

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